Lonely pet birds parrot human lifestyle ailments

Abizarre combination of loneliness, space shortage and the sheer gorgeousness of exotic avians has resulted in a new epidemic—bird depression. Other than mental illness, these birds are also being diagnosed with human lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes. A growing number of people are adopting exotic birds as pets, prefering them to dogs and cats because they are easier to manage in small flats. The popular choices are African grey parrots (average cost Rs 40,000), Australian cockatoos, South American macaws (both for around Rs 1 lakh)—all known for their…

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Housing crisis will consign seniors to a more lonely lifestyle, scholar warns

The housing crisis, left unchecked, will collide with the country’s ageing population to create unprecedented social dislocation in years ahead, a professor of public health says. Otago University’s Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman said a largely unexplored dimension of the housing “crisis” involved how falling or stagnant home ownership rates would impact the elderly. “The [elderly] are not going to be ageing in one place. They’re going to be moved around like everyone else,” she said. SUPPLIED Economist Shamubeel Eaqub of Sense. Partners says piecemeal Government approaches to housing have failed. The percentage of owner-occupied…

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